Dundee, Broughty Ferry and District Tramways



Owner Dundee, Broughty Ferry and District Tramways Co Ltd
Opened 27th December 1905 (electric)
Operator Dundee, Broughty Ferry and District Tramways Co Ltd
Took over 1914 (Dundee City Tramways) - a mile of track connecting to the DBF&DT at Belsize Road
Taken over 15th May 1931 (Dundee Corporation)
Closed 15th May 1931
Length 5.1 miles
Gauge 4ft 8½ins

Button description (Pattern 1)
'Dundee Broughty Ferry and District' around ‘Tramways Company Limited’ in the centre
Materials known Brass
Button Line reference [None]

Button description (Pattern 2)
Title ('D'dee Bro'ty and Dist Tramways') surrounding monogram of entwined letters 'DBT'
Materials known Brass
Button Line reference [None]

Comment
The first button certainly looks the earlier of the two, though I have no evidence to support this. The second button curiously omits the word 'Ferry' from the title, presumably to save space, but even so, must still hold some kind of record for the most abbreviated words ever to appear on a tramway button - three in total - not to mention their seemingly random nature! You do have to wonder why they didn't just stick with a monogram or initials like most of the other companies with longer titles.

The line was promoted by George Balfour, who later went on to found Balfour Beatty and Co Ltd, along with A H Balfour.